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PARTNERS IN GIVING Development Office of the Salesian Sisters Daughters of Mary Help of Christians www.salesiansisters.org

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n this 1963 photo, Sr. Rosalie DiPeri, the first director of Camp Auxilium in Newton, NJ, rides a pony as young campers lend a hand. This summer, the tradition continues as thousands of children enjoy a safe, wholesome, and faith-filled experience at a Salesian camp, all made possible by YOUR generosity! Incidentally, the little girl is Joanne Buonaiuto, sister of Sr. Margaret Rose Buonaiuto!

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Centenary Calendar Save these dates! August 3 Salesian Sisters’ Jubilee Celebration The Tides, North Haledon, NJ

Dear Friends, Psalm 117 rings loud and clear as I write to you: “O praise the Lord, all you nations, acclaim him all you peoples! Strong is his love for us; he is faithful forever.” Within this nation of ours is the dawning of the Salesian Sisters’ 100th Anniversary of fruitful life and service to the young. God’s love for us has been strong and He has given you as Partners to travel with us into the next century. Thank you for your friendship and your faith in us! Some news to report: • Our heartfelt thanks go to those who made attendance to a Salesian school possible through financial aid. It’s very moving to realize that you may never meet the child you helped. We invite others to help, too! See pages 22-23. • Summer camp programs around the Province opened with record numbers of eager, happy children who will be safe as they learn many new skills. Once again we were doubly blessed by a “Mr. M.” in Florida, who matched donations to summer camp. Thank you! • Our Gift of Healing and Enrollment cards are available. Keep a supply on hand! See page 15.

October 6 Centennial Golf Tournament Rockville Links, Rockville Centre, NY October 30 Partners Circle Ball, The Venetian, Garfield, NJ November 15 Salesian Youth Center/ Villa Madonna School Thanksgiving Basket Party Tampa, FL November 21 Centennial Northern Regional Youth Rally December 7 Salesian Sisters’ Annual Christmas Party, North Haledon, NJ February 28, 2009 Centennial Mass and Gala Tampa, FL

• In the past months we’ve had employee matching gifts from Pfizer, Liz Claiborne, GE, and Verizon, among others. Thank you, everybody!

April 25-26, 2009 Grand Centennial Celebration in New York City, including the Centennial Gala aboard the World Yacht New York, NY

• Partners in Giving offers sincere congratulations to our Sister Jubilarians. Ad Multos Annos! Read their inspiring stories on pages 6-8.

May 16, 2009 Centennial Celebration for all Salesian Schools in New Jersey and New York

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For more information on these events, to attend, or to get involved, please call us toll free: (877) 687-6867, locally: (973) 904-0102, or e-mail fmadevt@aol.com. We hope to see you!

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MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE PROVINCE

It’s Not Too Late to Support Our Campers!

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ach summer, generous people like you help us send thousands of needy children to safe summer programs all over New Jersey and Florida. It’s happening right now, and kids are having a blast, as these campers testify! But it’s not too late for YOU to help. The streets are definitely hot and damp . . . please give an inner-city child the chance to have a cool summer experience at Salesian Sisters Summer Camp! Together we can do it!

Would you help us send as many kids as possible to camp this summer, by sponsoring a child or two, or maybe even three? A tax-deductible gift of $150 per child will ensure him/her a week of camp activities, lunch, and a whole lot of summer fun! You can make a donation at www.salesiansisters.org, or please call us toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS or locally at (973) 904-0102. Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the summer!

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MAKING HEADLINES AROUND THE PROVINCE

Celebrating the Centennial in Pennsylvania!

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n July 13, the road to Pennsylvania seemed much shorter as the Salesian Sisters returned to the Keystone State to celebrate the Centennial with alumni, friends, and families. Fr. Joe Corpora, C.S.C., an alumnus of St. Anthony School in Easton, PA, set the tone for the day which was remembrance and gratitude. In Fr. Joe’s Mass homily, he named each of his teachers from kindergarten to eighth grade as he recalled a great education and, most of all, the Sisters’ loving kindness.

Planning Committee members join Sr. Phyllis Neves, Provincial Superior, in cutting the celebratory cake: Nancy Corriere, Patricia Smith, Louise Roberge, and Nancy Romano – all past pupils!

The Mayor of Easton, PA, Salvatore J. Panto, Jr., addresses the crowd. Mayor Panto read a proclamation on behalf of the city of Easton declaring July 13, 2008, to be “Salesian Sisters Day” in Pennsylvania!

A banquet at the “Eastonian” in Easton followed with reunions of 150 teachers and past pupils from Easton, Reading, Roseto, and Philadelphia, as well as presentations from Church and civil officials. What a wonderful day! Thank you, everyone!

Remember when? In 1949, a picnic welcomed Mother Caroline Novasconi, former Provincial Superior and member of the Salesian General Council, to Easton, PA.

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At right, generations of Salesian Sisters who ministered in Pennsylvania are joined by postulants and clergy after the Eucharistic Celebration.

Above, Sr. Judith Suprys, alumna of Pius X High School in Roseto, PA, with her brother, Thomas Suprys. Below, Salesian Sisters, former teachers, and past pupils of St. Anthony School in Easton, PA, gather for a reunion! To view more photos from the July 13 celebration, visit www.salesiansisters.org.

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Sr. Gerard Barattino

Sr. Frances Gumino

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y mother and father emigrated to the United States from Italy. I was born in Manhattan and attended the public school in the area. When I was in seventh grade, my family moved to the Bronx. My mother and father raised 10 children. My Dad had property in Yonkers, so he began to build the homestead there so that there would be room for the growing family. That house served as the family headquarters for the next 40 years! “I became interested in the Salesian Sisters at the Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ, where my sister attended high school, and I took every opportunity to visit them whenever I could. I had planned to become one of them as soon as I could get up the courage to tell my Mom and Dad. Meanwhile, some friends invited me to spend Labor Day weekend at Camp Mother Mazzarello, run by the Sisters. I agreed. God must surely have had a say in this change of plans. The Sisters captivated me. I took the time to speak to Mother Antoinette Pollini, and I was hooked. But how could I leave my Mom and Dad? “On December 8, 1935, I was to enter the convent. I still did not have the heart to tell my parents. After attending Mass with my Mom, I took the train and headed for North Haledon. I left my older sister the task of telling my parents. Mom and Dad felt my departure keenly. However, they accepted my decision and loved me just the same. “I know that Mom and Dad, from their place in heaven today, are enjoying the gatherings of the Barattino clan as much as they did during their days in Yonkers. I thank God for my family, for my Salesian family, but especially, for my parents who started it all.”

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rances Gumino was born in the little coalmining town of Pittston, PA. Her parents were hard working, faith-filled people who loved each other and their family. After a few years, work was slow in the coal mines and the family decided to relocate to Paterson, NJ, to be near the grandparents. Here is where Frances met the Salesian Sisters and made her First Holy Communion. When Frances was 10, her mother died. Her father, left with four small children, enrolled them at St. Michael’s School. But soon the three girls went to live with the Sisters, because it became difficult for father to care for them. When Mr. Gumino died, the children knew they had a home with the Sisters. Sr. Frances remembers, “The Sisters made up for the loss of my parents in their loving kindness and care. I enjoyed my life. I studied, worked, played, and prayed with the Sisters.” After much prayer and guidance, Frances was admitted into the Formation Program on September 12, 1939, after she completed high school. She entered the Novitiate program in 1941 and made her first profession on August 5, 1943. With her degree from Seton Hall University, Sr. Frances began her teaching career. With trust and confidence, following Don Bosco’s system of education, she taught in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. Everywhere she went, she left the feeling of love and caring that she herself had experienced. Sr. Frances is now at the Provincial House where she gives a helping hand to our dear elderly Sisters wherever needed. She asks for prayers that she may continue caring for God’s people any way she can.

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Sr. Mildred Zanetti

Sr. Agatha Cosentino

65 Years!

50 Years!

he Zanettis lived in the old Sacred Heart Parish in Clifton, NJ. Mildred, the fifth of seven children, was so named at the suggestion of the midwife. At Baptism, however, the priest said, “Since there is no St. Mildred, we’ll add the name Angelina.”

was born in Brooklyn, NY, on November 2, 1938, about 30 minutes after midnight, so my Mom always used to say that All the Saints brought me. My parents, Nicolo and Agatha Cosentino, were immigrants who had made the big sacrifice to leave their homeland of Sicily to look for a better opportunity for their family.

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Sacred Heart Parish was privileged to have two Salesian Sisters teaching CCD there. The girls flocked to them, sought their company, and began to hear the call to religious life. Among them, Mary Palatini, Ida Ossi, and Rose Oliveri entered the convent, and Mildred would follow. People never expected Mildred to be a candidate for the religious life. She was athletic and a tomboy! She was probably the first girl in town to wear overalls and slacks. The pastor commented one Sunday morning, “Mildred, you should always wear dresses. Why, you look so pretty in them!”

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“In 1952, I began high school at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ. Sr. Teresa Casaro was Mother Superior. What a wonderful, kind, and caring person she was! Whenever Sr. Teresa spoke to us, her voice reminded me of the Blessed Mother. After her talks, there were always girls who followed her in order to talk to her. One day I approached her toward the end of my freshman year and somehow hinted that perhaps the Lord was calling me to be a Sister.

Then one summer, after she had saved enough money, she joined the “Clifton girls” for a weekend at Camp Mazzarello in North Haledon. What fun! The Salesian atmosphere stayed with her from that moment. At a time when some believed that convent life was for those who were disappointed in love and unhappy with life, Mildred was so in love with life that she wanted to dedicate it to serve others as the Salesians Sisters were doing.

“The day came for me to enter the convent. My Mom and Dad brought me to North Haledon. The time came to say goodbye, and then my Dad broke down and cried. My Mom was stronger and held it in. This was the only time I ever saw my Dad cry! When the time of postulancy came, I had to convince my Dad to give me his permission. On August 5, 1956, I entered the Novitiate and, two years later, made my first profession of vows.

Sr. Mildred has served in several capacities from second-grade teacher to financial administrator. She became “Sister Fix-it” in plumbing, carpentry, and landscaping, and still found time to balance the books.

“For me, religious life has been a time of human, educational, and spiritual growth. Religious life is definitely a challenge to live day in and day out. But we are NOT alone in the challenge. God, who wants this form of Gospel life to continue, is always present to support us in the ordinary and extraordinary challenges! And we have our religious community, relatives, friends, and benefactors who love, care for, and support us! And I LOVE IT !!!!!!”

And it is thanks to Sr. Mildred that students learned to drive! As Mary Help of Christians Academy’s driver’s education instructor for many years, Sr. Mildred boasts a 100% passing rate!

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Sr. Rosemary Cordes

Sr. Maryann Schaefer

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Rosemary attended Catholic schools from first through twelfth grades. Her love of the Blessed Mother was a special part of her education, a part which has been integrated into her own life. This love still shines in her words and in her eyes as Rosemary talks of Mary, her life, her prayers, and her vocation.

“In the summer of 1966, my mother became very ill and I was asked to return home, since I was the oldest girl. I finished high school and worked at the Sisters’ convent on Saturdays.

osemary Cordes was born in Queens, NY. She was the second of eight children. The Cordes household created a loving, understanding, and peaceful environment for the children. Respect and concern for others were stressed, and there was always an air of peaceful “busy-ness.”

When her older brother joined the Salesian Fathers, Rosemary went to visit him every month and was impressed with the cheerfulness and family spirit of the priests and brothers. On one of these visits, Rosemary met Sr. Helen Mazurek, who asked her about her future plans. She invited the Cordes family to visit her in Reading, PA. Rosemary prayed and reflected during the trip. There, the Sisters warmly welcomed all of them, and their kindness was not lost on any member of the family. Finally, Rosemary decided that the Salesian Sisters was the place where the Lord wanted her to be. She began her religious formation and preparation in 1964. Her first profession of vows in 1968 gave Sr. Rosemary the possibility of continuing her education at Seton Hall University. Her teaching assignments in New Jersey, New York, and Florida gave rise to many experiences. Quiet and unassuming, Sr. Rosemary still fulfills her mission among God’s children with enthusiasm and cheerfulness.

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am a native Californian, born in San Mateo, the second of four children. My elementary years were spent in the public school system until the fifth grade, when I went to St. Martin School in Sunnyvale. I graduated from there and attended the Salesian Sisters’ school in Aptos for my first two years of high school. During those years, I learned what the word ‘Salesian’ meant – to be a ‘joyful presence’ among the young.

“After graduation, I found a job at the FMC Corporation in San José to help my family. I was briefly engaged to a good man, but I realized that there was no man on earth who could truly make me happy. At this point, I asked to begin my religious formation with the Salesian Sisters. “I entered the convent on August 24, 1978, in Haledon, NJ. In 1983, I made my first religious vows, and professed my perpetual vows on August 5, 1989. “Over the years I have taught at St. Mary School and St. Anthony School in Paterson, NJ; Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ; and La Salle High School in Miami, FL. I am presently in charge of marketing at Mary Help. “If I had it all to do over again, I would follow the same path that had been marked out for me. I gave up everything I had, sold all my possessions, but I’ve been given back 100 times more than I could have ever imagined! I truly rejoice in my vocation and I look forward to many more years serving God through our young people.”

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Family Treasures A Jubilee of Love thousands of young people and their families have been the recipients of a gratuitous love shared in a family spirit. The keynotes of warmth and cordiality continue to play out in this grand symphony as we cross the threshold of the next 100 years.

You shall rejoice in all the good which the Lord your God has given you. Deuteronomy 26:11 100 the years of generous sacrifice joyfully borne that the Christ be known.

As these issues of Partners continue to show, the love has not diminished nor has the commitment waned. Rather, both are vigorous and the desire to bring Christ and to give all for Christ is renewed daily in each FMA and in our collaborators. Times have changed. Habits have been modified. Works have opened and closed. Sisters have died and new vocations have arisen. We have kept pace with the times.

100 the years filled with countless youth brought up in Christ-Light. 100 the years, Silent sentinels of a faithful God Who brings the promised hundredfold.

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od is faithful to His promises! Go! Preach the Good News far and wide! Go! Take with you the bare minimum. Worry not for the rest. Our first Sisters took God at His word and so they came with little else other than their fervor and their daring. They came fired with the desire to serve the poor Italian immigrants flowing into this country. Humble the beginning, fraught with deprivation and hardship and often lacking even the necessities. But this was of small import in the face of the tremendous harvest to be reaped for the Lord. With simple trust, they planted the seed and nurtured it so that it could flourish in new soil. These astounding women set the foundation for all we see today in the Provinces of the U.S. and Canada. As we near the close of our Jubilee, it is fitting to remember our roots, to cherish them, to acknowledge them

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The four pioneer Salesian Sisters who landed in New York Harbor on July 16, 1908, are pictured in 1956: Sr. Angelina Andorno (seated), Sr. Veneranda Zammit, Sr. Antoinette Agliardi, and Sr. Frances Delfino.

with gratitude, to celebrate those who paved the way and the countless others who followed and still follow. What are we celebrating? I think we can well call it a Jubilee of Love; love given and love received. It is a celebration filled with love, not the love of mere words, but a love incarnated in myriad actions of service, of giving the utmost of oneself for the good of others. A small stone was cast into a vast lake on July 16, 1908, and its ripples continue to spread on this North American continent. Tens of

What has never been lost is the spirit that animates us, that Da Mihi Animas, Caetera Tolle (Latin: “Give me souls, take away the rest”) burning in the heart of our founders and setting us afire as well. Thus as we celebrate our past, we are celebrating our future as well, a future that is bright with hope, with trust in a faithful God. The harvest is still ripe with young people calling out to us, drawing us to them. Yes, let us praise the Lord, not only in a Jubilee year, but at every moment of our lives. He indeed has been gracious to us and continues to be gracious. Grafted on to Him, great things happen! With Mary at our side, miracles abound! Come then, let us celebrate and rejoice together! For the Lord is good, sing to His name, for He is gracious! Psalm 135:3 – Sr. Mary Terzo, FMA

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SALESIAN SISTERS’ PARTNERS CIRCLE Welcome New ‘08 Members in Red!

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Partners Circle “Members”: Annual gift of

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ARIZONA

MASSACHUSETTS

NEW YORK

Ms. Tonia Kempfer A Friend

Ms. Josephine Petrillo Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Reading

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Betwarda Mr. Vincent Cagnetta Mrs. Joseph Clair Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio Mr. & Mrs. Charles Curcio, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto Mr. Edward DeLuca Mr. John Lombardi & Family Ms. Carol Martindale Ms. Elizabeth Nardone Mrs. Joan Oliver Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Roncallo Mr. & Mrs. Angelo Silveri Mr. & Mrs. John Weaver A Friend

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NEW JERSEY

Mr. Ian H. Graham Mr. & Mrs. Robert Obenberger A Friend

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Baccaro Mr. & Mrs. Richard Badenhausen Mr. & Mrs. Robert Boland Mr. & Mrs. Larry Condit Ms. Elizabeth Crovella Mr. & Mrs. Frank Davies Dr. & Mrs. Frank De Maria Ms. Debi Debiak Mr. & Mrs. Robert Fox Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Giamonco Captain & Mrs. Victor Goldberg Mrs. Theresa Gutto Mr. & Mrs. Chris Layton Mr. & Mrs. Charles Lechner Mr. & Mrs. Doug Leonard Mr. & Mrs. Michael Losurdo Ms. Laura Mannarino Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Marangi Mr. & Mrs. John Peragallo Jr. Mrs. Ann Petrocelli Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Piotrowski Mr. & Mrs. Cameron Reid Mrs. Amanda Rodriguez Mr. & Mrs. John Soldoveri Mr. Joseph Spinelli Mr. & Mrs. William Stuart TD Banknorth Deacon & Mrs. Asterio Velasco

CONNECTICUT Mr. Frank & Ms. Clara Merenda Mr. & Mrs. Robert Mosey Mr. Daniel Tomaselli A Friend Anonymous

FLORIDA Mr. & Mrs. Mark Anderson Mr. & Mrs. Bernardo F. Arenas Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Sr. Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Baldor, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Javier Baldor Bianco & Mansfield, P.A. Mr. James J. Burrowes Mrs. Yoli Buss Mrs. Trudy Carey Dr. & Mrs. Antonio Castro Colonial Bank of Florida Mr. & Mrs. Ted Couch Mr. & Mrs. J.C. De Lotto Dr. & Mrs. Emilio Echevarria Mr. & Mrs. Luis Garcia Dr. & Mrs. Reynaldo Geerken Mrs. Rose Graziano Dr. & Mrs. Jack Guggino Mrs. Elsa Gutierrez-Janulionis Mr. & Mrs. Mark S. Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. Philip Rinaldi Hon. Judge & Mrs. E.J. Salcines Mr. & Mrs. Mark Spada Mrs. Peggy Theis Mr. & Mrs. Ron Yates Mr. & Mrs. Rene Zarate Mr. Bob Zurek

GEORGIA Mr. & Mrs. Charles Fantauzza

ILLINOIS Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Olivieri

KENTUCKY Mr. & Mrs. Jack Danehy

MARYLAND Dr. & Mrs. Andrew Saladino

NORTH CAROLINA Mr. & Mrs. Paul Liotard Mr. & Mrs. Chester Michewicz, Jr.

PENNSYLVANIA Mr. & Mrs. David Fusacchia Mr. & Mrs. Jack Hedgecock Mr. Paul I. Sheaffer, II

TEXAS Mr. & Mrs. Bill Locklier

VIRGINIA Mrs. Dominique Faust

WEST VIRGINIA Mr. Guy Bucci

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A new level! Partners Circle “Visionaries” he Salesian Sisters and the Partners Circle are proud to announce a new membership level, “Visionaries,” with the inaugural gift of $25,000. The Visionary level has been established by a cherished friend and supporter of the Salesian Sisters in loving memory of her late husband.

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Partners Circle “Benefactors” Annual gift of $1,000 ARIZONA A Friend

CALIFORNIA

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Geraldine & Joanne Rizzuto

FLORIDA

Mr. & Mrs. Peter Christiansen Ms. Mary Gaine Mr. & Mrs. David McAleer

Mr. & Mrs. Declan Mansfield

NEVADA Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Murray

NEW JERSEY Mr. Anthony B. Della Cerra

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Mrs. Joseph Festa Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Granatell Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hofmann Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Laino Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Massood Mr. & Mrs. Brian McAuley Mrs. John McMahon Mr. & Mrs. Mario Monaco Mr. & Mrs. Jim Muller Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Palladino Mr. & Mrs. Jack Ramsey Weaver Marine Agencies

NEW YORK Dr. & Mrs. Michael Altamura Ms. Lea Battiato Mr. John Cassara Msgr. William T. Rodgers Mr. & Mrs. Matt Sabatine

NORTH CAROLINA Ms. Marianne O’Doherty

OHIO Mr. & Mrs. Albert Klaben, Sr.

GEORGIA

PENNSYLVANIA

Mr. & Mrs. Michael Aquadro

Dr. Allyson & Mr. Kevin Hardy

NEW JERSEY

TEXAS

Mrs. Rosemarie D’Alessandro Mr. Alfonso Daloisio Mr. Al De Vincenzo

Ms. Theresa C. Rauber Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Wooldridge

he Partners Circle was founded in 1991 to provide unrestricted funds for urgent needs of the Salesian Sisters and their mission. These include support for capital needs, scholarship assistance, technology upgrades, and funds for those unforeseen situations that require immediate attention. Your donation to this unrestricted fund empowers the Salesian Sisters to continue their mission – the education and evangelization of today’s children. There are eight levels of membership, starting at $500, and these are listed on these three pages. Won’t you consider joining this dynamic group? Please call us today: (877) OUR-NUNS. Thank you!

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Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., Heritage Society Major Bequests to the Partners Circle CALIFORNIA

ILLINOIS

Richard Meissner, Meissner Manufacturing

Mr. & Mrs. Larry Peterson

Ms. Celeste Tripi

NEW YORK

INDIANA FLORIDA

Mrs. Beatrice Lightfoot

Dr. & Mrs. Vincent Bagli Mr. Ray Campo Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Garcia Angel Oliva Family Mrs. Ann Murphey Dorothy Thomas Foundation

Tony Amato Family The Carini Family Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman Mr. Anthony Petrocelli

NEW JERSEY

Mrs. Pearl Kalikow

Partners Circle “Stewards” Annual gift of $10,000

Partners Circle “Partners” Annual gift of $5,000

NEW JERSEY CALIFORNIA

NEW JERSEY

Marcalus Family Foundation Robert R. Waitts Foundation

Ms. Doriana Sobek

Mr. & Mrs. Tony Chernalis Mr. & Mrs. Robert Harkins Mr. & Mrs. Bill McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Rodger Rohde Ms. Roberta Ruocco

The Sabatine Foundation, in memory of Philip & Josephine Sabatine

CONNECTICUT A Friend

NEW YORK

FLORIDA Dr. & Mrs. Nelson Castellano Mr. & Mrs. James Millar Mr. & Mrs. Lee Pallardy

TEXAS

TEXAS

Mrs. Betty Turner

Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Duda, Sr.

Partners Circle “Founders” Annual gift of $2,000 CONNECTICUT Mr. Michael Guarnieri Dr. Joseph McAleer

FLORIDA Mrs. Janis Boyd Mrs. Pilar Caso Mr. Ernest “Cookie” Garcia Dr. Idalia Lastra

MASSACHUSETTS Ms. Patti Gauthier

NEW JERSEY Mr. & Mrs. Marco Brizzolara Mr. & Mrs. John Connors

Mr. Anthony Gulino Ms. Ida Gulino Ms. Nancy Gulino Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hoffman Mr. & Mrs. Edward Korn Mr. & Mrs. Michael Massood Mrs. Kathleen Medore Ms. Antonia Meola Mrs. Moira McBride Murphy Mr. Stephen Papetti Ms. Rose Perone Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Pfeifer Mr. & Mrs. Mark Swartzberg

NEW YORK Ms. Jordon Carroll

Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Scala, Jr.

PENNSYLVANIA A Friend

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What Constitutes “Peace”? Sr. Phyllis Neves’ Letter “I offer you peace. I offer you love. I offer you friendship. I see your beauty. I hear your need. I feel your feelings. My wisdom flows from the Highest Source. I salute that Source in you. Let us work together for unity and love.” Mahatma Gandhi

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eace is a gift from God, but is also a process where harmony is created between individuals and communities. Participation in this process calls for an unfailing commitment on the part of all, not just governments and church leaders, but all individual citizens. We all need to make a social commitment to build relationships of justice and peace in our homes, communities, countries, and the world. It is appropriate to ask ourselves the question – what constitutes peace? Peace is not merely the absence of war, nor can it be reduced solely to the maintenance of a balance of power between nations. It is founded on a correct understanding of the human person and requires the establishment of an order based on justice and charity. Peace is the fruit of justice. It is based on respect for the rights of all.

Congregation of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco) applied for status as a non-governmental organization of ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council), a department of the United Nations. We received special consultative status on June 6, 2008. This will allow us to speak out in the forum of the U.N. to help protect the rights of the weak and vulnerable. As a global community, Christ’s message of love challenges us to promote a more humane society. We pray for peace within our society, peace between individuals and peoples – peace in our hearts, homes, and countries. May Mary show us, in her Son, the Way of Peace. May she enlighten our vision so we can recognize Christ’s face in the face of every human person.

On June 6, 2008, the Salesian Sisters were accredited as a non-

Let us never forget that the task of fostering peace is one entrusted to all. We all have a responsibility to work for peace in our community and to defend the dignity of the human person. This responsibility is entrusted to you and me.

Building peace takes time, governmental organization by the Economic and Social Council sacrifice, and personal of the United Nations. This prestigious recognition allows the Sisters to be present as an Institute in their own right at UN commitment. As a meetings, and the possibility of being voices for the poorest and Christian, working for most abandoned young people on this great world stage. peace can never be separated from announcing the Gospel which is, in fact, the “good What better way to remind ourselves of this news of peace.” Living out this good news requires responsibility than by recalling and living the words of commitment and perseverance. The promotion of Saint Francis of Assisi, who wrote: “Make me a peace in the world is an integral part of what the channel of your peace. Where there is hatred let me Church is about in continuing Christ’s work of bring your love. Where there is injury, Your pardon, redemption on earth. Lord. And where there is doubt, true faith in You.” In order to be a voice for those for those whose rights and human dignity are often at risk, our religious

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“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

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Leave a Legacy for the Salesian Sisters We depend on you!

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hrough your offerings, you support the mission of the Salesian Sisters to young people – for the next 100 years! Special gift planning may include gifts of: •

Cash

Appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual funds

Life insurance/ Retirement plans

Bill and Tina Scully of Atlanta, GA, are so thankful for the prayers of their Adopted Sister, Sr. Lucy Balistrieri.

Memorial or tribute gifts

Wills

Living trusts

Charitable remainder trusts

Named scholarships and endowments

Editor’s note: These are the kinds of letters we LOVE to receive!

Real estate

Required to Take an IRA Distribution?

y wife, Tina, and I have been active in your Adopt-a-Sister Program for many years. You might be surprised to know that my wife was originally referred to your program by a friend of ours here in Atlanta during a time when we were praying for help in trying to have a baby. My wife was so thankful to have the prayers of Sr. Lucy Balistrieri.

If you are over the age of 70 & 1/2 and you are required to take taxable distributions from a traditional or Roth IRA, you may be interested in a special opportunity for tax-free giving to the Salesian Sisters. Please check with us or your advisor for more information.

It was several months before I learned that the program was sponsored by the Salesian Sisters of North Haledon, NJ. It’s quite a small world, since I grew up in Totowa and went to high school at DePaul. My father actually had a side business of driving students to Mary Help of Christians Academy back in the 1970’s.

If you would like to leave a legacy, our legal title is Missionary Society of Salesian Sisters, Inc., and our federal tax ID # is 22-6043753

For more information, please call: Sr. Mary Rinaldi, Director of Development: (877) OUR-NUNS Christina McAleer, Director of Advancement: (203) 921-9224 Salesian Sisters • 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508-2301

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I should tell you also that Sr. Lucy must have prayed very hard, because while we never gave birth to a child, we experienced the miracle of adoption and we now have a beautiful two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. Many thanks for your prayers! Bill Scully, Atlanta, GA Thank you, Bill! Would you like to join the Scullys by adopting a Salesian Sister? Contact us today: call (877) OUR-NUNS, or visit www.salesiansisters.org.

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am very grateful that you send me Partners in Giving magazine. I enjoy it very much, and so do some of the Salesian Sisters who are here with me, who made their profession in the United States.

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“I will ‘repay’ you with my prayers for your intentions.” Sr. Trini Avalos Hijas de Maria Auxiliadora Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico i Sisters! I am Elsa Liwanag from the Philippines. I am 18 years old and studying at Mary Our Help Technical Institute for Women as a hotel and tourism trainee.

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“I do appreciate all the things that the Salesian Sisters had shared with us. Because of that, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all of you. For without your help, my life is not meaningful. You’ve taught us the true meaning of life, to live a simple life, being with God.” Elsa Liwanag Mary Help of Christians School, Mabalacat, Pampagna, Philippines t’s the middle of the night here in Germany and I’m surfing the Internet and who do I see but Sr. Mary Rinaldi’s picture! I hope all is well with you in New Jersey. I was thinking about Salesian summer camp tonight and how much fun we had there! What a super neat experience it was! I think all kids should have experience growing up.

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language are very different than in the U.S. I took four years of German at Pope John, so it’s not so bad – although it was very long ago! Best wishes to all!

community, but also a challenge as you can well imagine. Cultures and

Regina McKiernan Mehlingen, Germany

New Cards Offer Gifts of Prayer or Healing Our traditional Gift of Prayer perpetual mass card allows you to honor a friend or family member by enrolling their name in the Masses at Sacred Heart Church in Rome, Italy, for all time. The Gift of Prayer offers enrollment for any occasion, for your loved one, living or deceased. During our Centenary Year, and in response to the needs of our faithful friends, we have created a Gift of Healing card. Now you can send a loved one the traditional Gift of Prayer card or a Gift of Healing card. The new Gift of Healing card allows you to honor a friend or family member during their time of need. With this gift, the Sisters will offer prayers for your enrolled friend or family member at the Salesian Sisters Chapel, in Haledon, N.J. The process is simple, kindly fill out the form below, requesting your gift card/s. Then when you wish to enroll a friend or family member send back the card with their names and donation to the Salesian Sisters. You may request as many of the Gift of Prayer cards or Gift of Healing cards as you would like to keep on hand for a needed occasion.

“I’ve been working for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools for the past nine years as a Special Education/Speech/Language Pathologist. I have been lucky enough to live in Japan and England, and now Germany. Most of the kids I work with are little; 2-9 years or so, but I am housed at the Middle School which goes up to grade 8. This has been a neat experience for me. It’s cool living out in the

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Memorials

A Love That Lasts Forever

Received between May 13 and July 11, 2008

Robert Waitts, 10th Anniversary Mrs. Maggie Waitts

You can honor a cherished relative or friend with an everlasting gift of love – a memorial. Our Partners in Giving Memorials & Tributes give you the opportunity to comfort those who have lost a loved one or to commemorate a special occasion. This gift lives forever. It supports the works of the Salesian Sisters & joins your loved ones to the prayers & works of the Sisters. The name of your loved one will appear in our Partners in Giving magazine – a priceless gift to those you love.

Ruben R. Alvarez Mr. & Mrs. David Nagrosst Joseph Brillante Mrs. Phyllis De Nova Dr. Frank Calenza Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto Rocco Corso Mr. & Mrs. Joseph DeVita Peter Correnti Mrs. Angie Laidlaw

Margarita Termine Mrs. Madeline Fitzgerald Annette Tolomeo Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Bagli Carl Himes Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez Joseph J. McAleer, Sr., 79th Birthday McAleer Family Onalea Sean Kasper Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez

Carol Del Balzo Mr. & Mrs. James Dell’Orto

Margarita Nadal Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez

Carmine M. De Vito, 6th Anniversary Ms. Elizabeth DeVito

Mr. Clarence Peters, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez

Frank DiCristina Ms. Mary Ann Di Cristina

Flora K. Schuck Ms. Elizabeth Schepps

Mr. & Mrs. Hernandez Mr. Alex S. Cohen

Theodore Soja Mrs. Stella Mrozek

William Laidlaw Mrs. Angie Laidlaw

C. Anson Tiffany Mr. & Mrs. Reynee Dominguez

Give the gift that lasts forever. Enclosed is my Memorial/Tribute Gift of: $25

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Tribute for Name – LIVING

Occasion Please send an acknowledgement to:

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My Name Address Detach & mail to Sr. Mary Rinaldi 659 Belmont Ave  North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397 Please make checks payable to SALESIAN SISTERS

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Denise Parent Dr. & Mrs. Vincent J. Bagli Phyllis Roberts Mr. and Mrs. Sam Milano

Tributes Received between May 13 and July 11, 2008

Charles A. Saggese Mrs. Elizabeth Saggese

Peter Moreo Ms. Mary Ann DiCristina

Anna Santoro Spinner Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Santoro

Ruth Krupski Mrs. Ruth A. Derickson

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Get Your Red-Hot Commemoratives Here!

Fore! Join us for the Golf Tournament of the Century: 100 Years of Salesian Sisters! Monday, October 6, 2008 The Rockville Links Rockville Centre, NY The Rockville Links is a premier golf club located on the south shore of Long Island. For more than 85 years, the facility has played host to some of the area’s finest players.

In keeping with our 100-Year Anniversary, Centennial t-shirts were made to allow all of the Salesian Family, including YOU, to be united in celebrating the Salesian Sisters’ Centennial Year. We are extending an invitation to acquire the Centennial t-shirts, available in adult and youth sizes. The shirts are 100% cotton and are navy blue. The suggested donation for an Adult shirt is $10 and the Youth shirt is $7.

(Each t-shirt comes with a centennial pin and holy card) The following items are also available for a free-will donation: • Salesian Sisters Centennial Coloring/ Activity Books with Crayons (enjoyed here by the Pyle Family of Hardy, VA!) • 8 x 10 inch Mary Help of Christians Color Photo • Centennial Pins

Proceeds from the Salesian Sisters Centennial Golf Tournament will benefit education for inner-city children. For more information, call toll-free, (877) OUR-NUNS, visit our website: www.salesiansisters.org, or e-mail fmadevt@aol.com. Can’t wait to hear from you! Come “out-drive the Nun!”

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Please Give Us Your Special Day

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ummer is in full swing, and, the Sisters’ thoughts turn to retreats, camps, change of occupation, and relaxation time.

The Sisters would like to share one day of the summer remembering a special occasion in your life. Not only will you receive prayers of the Sisters’ community for one whole day, according to your intention, but your particular intention will be displayed on the bulletin board in front of the chapel for the entire month. Choose a special day when you ask the Sisters to remember this significant event that happened on a special day and for which you thank God in a special manner. We join the celebration with prayer, love, and gratitude for you and your remembrance. Please fill out and send in the form below, and the Development Office will send us your name and request. It will be posted on our bulletin board for remembrance. You will be blessed, and your summer will be more enjoyable and more fulfilling. Any day will do! Thank you, and God bless you!

“Friends are like flowers in the Garden of life” was the theme of Gratitude Day at St. Joseph Provincial Center. Sr. Helene Godin (below, left) was joyous as she received the Spiritual Bouquet, its flowers representing acts of virtues offered by each Sister in the Community for her intention. Hearts were overflowing with gratitude for the Gift of Sr. Helene’s animation of the Community and offering the very best wishes as she prepares for her next assignment in Tampa. Sr. Louise Passero offered the Community’s expression of Gratitude and presented the gifts. Then Sr. Helene went to each Sister who gave her a flower with a personal message of appreciation written on it.

Please Help Our Retired Sisters In Need! Please reserve this day(s) in 2008 or 2009 in honor of my special intention to support the Endowment for the St. Joseph Provincial Center for our retired Sisters:





GIVE US THIS

Day

Day 1 (Month, day):

Significance:

Day 2 (Month, day):

Significance:

Day 3 (Month, day):

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Total enclosed @ $100 per day: $ ____________ Please make your check payable to: Salesian Sisters

Name Address

Telephone

Please detach & mail this form to: Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA, 659 Belmont Avenue, North Haledon, NJ 07508

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Salesian Youth Report ST. THERESA SCHOOL, KENILWORTH, NJ – Students were so concerned for the victims of the cyclone in Yangon, Myanmar, that they held a “Tag Day” (below) in which they paid to wear their street clothes instead of their school uniform. More than $400 was collected and given to the cause in the hope that they can help someone recover after such devastation.

SACRED HEART SCHOOL, DOVER, NJ – The First Communion class led the procession for the beautiful May crowning ceremony on the Feast of Mary Help of Christians. MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS ACADEMY, N. HALEDON, NJ – Three cheers for Mary Help, which captured its first-ever athletic championship when the Blue Jays softball team defeated St. Vincent Academy/ Newark 5-1 in the title game of the NJCGBL post-season tournament. Credit goes to the head coach, Sr. Maryann Schaefer (at right), who was selected the Girls Coach of the Year by the staff of SportsInTheGardenState.com. Mary Help’s athletic program has made major strides. Under athletic director Marie Chirico, the program has been increased to eight varsity sports starting this fall.

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Salesian Youth Report ACADEMY OF OUR LADY HIGH SCHOOL, MARRERO, LA – When summertime’s traditional vacation began, a group of middle school students from across the West Bank started their break by going right back to school for the “Summer at the Academy” program, ten days of on-and off-campus classes and field trips guided by the Academy’s staff. Academy teachers offered miniprograms on “Science Olympiad,” “Web Page Design,” “Drama and Theater,” “Making Your Own Newspaper,” and “Etiquette,” among others. Students also took field trips that included a visit to Rivertown in Kenner for a picnic lunch and a laser and dinosaur show; a visit to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans (right); and a walking tour of the Jackson Square area in the French Quarter.

IMMACULATA-LA SALLE HIGH SCHOOL, MIAMI, FL – Immaculata-LaSalle High began its involvement with the “Escuelita Maya” summer camp seven years ago. Escuelita Maya is program for the children of Maya families. The parents of these children came from Guatemala, where the indigenous Maya people are persecuted and discriminated against. There are Salesian Sisters in Guatemala who operate a school/center for the Maya people and who helped forge a connection with the Salesian Sisters in Florida. Many of these refugee families walked all the way from Guatemala to escape the persecution and poverty. They trekked through Mexico, across Arizona, and down to Florida where these small communities were founded. Upon their arrival, many only speak their native language, Kanjobal, and had to learn Spanish and English. Immaculata-LaSalle High School helps run two summer camp sessions for these Guatemalan Maya children. Working during the current session are 25 Immaculata-LaSalle students and alumni, and four Salesian students visiting from the Academy of Our Lady High in Marrero, LA.

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n the spring, Sr. Mary Jackson, one of the star teachers at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL, flew north to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in her hometown of Corning, NY. The athletes chosen to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame have been outstanding athletes in their specific sport and have continued to make significant accomplishments in the sports world beyond high school. Sr. Mary attended Corning East High School. Graduating in 1998, she was the first student in the school’s history to earn a varsity letter six years in a row. While competing on the track team, her performance throwing the shot put broke school records which are still in her name today. She remembers while competing in the State Meet, an opponent came over to her asking: “Who are you cheering for in this event?” She first replied with a big smile, “I’m the one who is throwing. Actually, I’m up next!” Because of her small stature, many were surprised that she could throw that heavy metal ball so far! Sr. Mary says she is even more excited today to be able to work with the young and help them bloom as strong Christians and disciplined athletes. “All that I have learned from sports has helped me become who I am today,” she says. “Each coach helped me grow; not only in the sport, but also growing as a whole person.” She knows personally the great impact young people can experience from participating in sports and is thrilled to continue her involvement with athletics and young people at Villa Madonna.

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Sr. Mary Jackson shows Ebony Thomas, a seventh grade student at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL, the correct form for the shot put. Sr. Mary should know: she still holds records in the sport!

Sr. Mary offers a pep talk to student-athletes at Villa Madonna School. Go team!

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THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF TAMPA BAY

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he Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, FL, was established in 1990 to build a better community through creative philanthropy, vision, and leadership. It is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization which administers funds established by individuals, corporations, private foundations, and nonprofit organizations to support the charitable needs of the Tampa Bay area. Foundation divisions are in Greater Sun City Center, Pasco County, Greater St. Petersburg, and Hernando County.

The Foundation currently administers $140 million in assets, placing it in the top 100 community foundations nationwide. The Foundation also has earned a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator and was ranked #1 in sound fiscal management among all community foundations reviewed in 2007.

School’s out, but another school year is just around the corner. As we catch our breath, we would like to say a big THANK YOU to all of our education sponsors for helping inner-city youth reach, excel, and succeed! THANK YOU!!! You, too, can sponsor the dream of education for a young person! A list of scholarships is provided at right. For more information, please call the Development Office toll-free: (877) 687-6867, e-mail fmadevt@aol.com, or visit www.salesiansisters.org. God bless you!

In April 2008, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay awarded the Salesian Youth Center/ Boys & Girls Club a grant of $5,000 in support of its new literacy initiative. This reading program allows children who are unable to read at their appropriate grade level to receive one-on-one tutoring, giving them the attention they so desperately need to improve their reading skills. Thank you, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, for believing in the work of the Salesian Sisters in Tampa! For more information on the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, visit www.cftampabay.org.

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Thank You for Brightening a Child’s Future! ould there be a better gift than providing a quality, faith-filled, Salesian School education for a child? You can make it happen this September by supporting one of our Endowed Scholarship Funds! Please check one (or more), fill in the details below, and mail this page with your donation in the enclosed envelope. God bless you!

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New: The Josephine Campo Scholarship Fund, est. by her daughter, Diana, to aid Villa Madonna School students, Tampa, FL.



Yes! I want to help! The Sr. Wilma Sanchez Scholarship Fund, est. by her brother, Arsenio Sanchez, benefits students of St. Joseph’s School in Tampa, FL.



Yes! I want to help!

The Joan Cullinan Scholarship Fund, est. by her husband & friends, memorializes the beauty & spirit of a September 11 victim.



Yes! I want to help!



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Yes! I want to help! The Rev. August P. Bosio Scholarship Fund, est. to honor this Salesian priest by his friend, benefits Mary Help students.



Yes! I want to help! The Dolores & Victor De Lucia Scholarship, for students at Mary Help of Christians Academy in North Haledon, NJ.

The Joseph J. McAleer Vocations Fund, named for the Partners Circle founder, est. by his family, will foster Salesian vocations.



Yes! I want to help! The Mary Santa Cruz Trout Endowment, est. by her family, was the first fund to aid students at Villa Madonna School in Tampa, FL.

The Hope M. McAleer Scholarship Fund, est. by her family, will enable young women to attend Mary Help of Christians Academy.

The Robert R. Waitts Scholarship, est. by his wife, Maggie, for students at Villa Madonna School and at Mary Help.



Yes! I want to help!

Yes! I want to help! The Ana Maria Auxilium Award, est. by the Baldor family, to benefit students at Villa Madonna School and at Mary Help.

The Frances Evelyn Grandoff Endowment, est. by her daughter, Betty, aids students with high academic potential.

The Rose La Malva Scholarship Fund, est. by her children, gives financial aid to freshmen at Mary Help of Christians Academy.





The Clair/Militello Scholarship Fund, est. by the Clairs, in honor of their parents, & by Fr. Benedict Militello, for Mary Help.

The Corrado Scholarship Fund, est. by the children, to aid a freshman at Mary Help of Christians Academy.



Yes! I want to help!

New: The Dr. Leigh Grieco Cascarilla Scholarship, est. in her memory by friends so young women can pursue higher education.



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PARTNERS IN GIVING is a bimonthly magazine published by the

Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco Development Office 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508-2397 Telephone: (973) 904-0102 Toll-free: (877) OUR-NUNS Fax: (973) 904-0041 E-mail: fmadevt@aol.com Website: www.salesiansisters.org Federal Tax ID # 22-6043753 Missionary Society of Salesian Sisters, Inc. PRIVACY POLICY: Your name, address, and other information are held in confidence by our ministry and will never be sold, rented, or given to any other organization.

Editorial Board Dr. Joseph McAleer, Editor Sr. Mary Rinaldi, FMA, Director of Development Mrs. Christina McAleer, Director of Advancement Mrs. Janet Arias-Rodriquez, Production Manager Partners in Giving welcomes letters, articles, and photos from contributors. We reserve the right to edit for publication.

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he Theme of the May Crowning at St. Joseph’s Provincial Center in Haledon, NJ, was, “Mary, Star of Hope.” In between decades of the Rosary, our elderly Sisters fervently sang “Star upon the Ocean, Maria,” and reflected upon Mary as “Star of Hope.” The Shrine of Mary Help of Christians was adorned with glimmering stars dangling gracefully from an arch like wind chimes. Sr. Lucy Balistrieri’s design talent made this all possible, with the help of Sr. Esther Cruz and our benefactor, Joan Fontanella. And Sr. Mary Baroni (above) provided the final touch: a crown of flowers. Mary Help of Christians, Pray for us!

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